DRDO develops device to sanitise gadgets, currency notes

drdo develops device to sanitise gadgets and currency notes

Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a part of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), developed the Defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitiser (DRUVS).

“The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an automated and contactless ultraviolet sanitisation cabinet to sanitise electronic gadgets, currency notes, and papers,” the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

“It is developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) lab and works on contactless operation, which is very important to contain the spread of the virus,” the Ministry noted.

The Ministry noted that the DRUVS had been designed to sanitise mobile phones, iPads, laptops, currency notes, cheque leafs, challans, passbooks, paper, envelopes, etc.


RCI has also created NOTESCLEAN, an automatic UVC currency sanitizer. Bundles of currency notes may be sanitized using DRUVS, but it would be a time-consuming method to disinfect each currency note using it.

A sanitizing technique has been developed for this purpose, where one simply has to position the loose currency notes at the device’s input slot. It picks the notes one by one and causes them to pass through a series of UVC lamps.

Senior scientist at RCI Gopinath said that Vijay Machine Tools, located in Shantinagar, Hyderabad, has started manufacturing of this machine and is available in three variants.

The top-end unit costs around 55,000 rs somewhere. Reducing the cost of this machine is being worked on so it is available at an affordable price.


The system, Defense Research Ultraviolet Sanitiser (DRUVS), provides 360-degree UV exposure to objects inside the cabinet. The machine goes into sleep mode once the sanitation is finished, so the operator does not need to wait or stand near the unit.

DRUVS Cabinet has a contactless procedure that is very necessary to control virus spread.

A device clubbed with a drawer opening and closing mechanism, the proximity sensor switches make its operation automatic and contactless.

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